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MOL LNG to swap out VSAT systems on 15 ships

NSSLGlobal has announced a deal with MOL LNG Transport (Europe), a wholly-owned subsidiary of MOL (Mitsui O.S.K. Lines), which will see the satellite provider replace the legacy VSAT systems on board MOL LNG’s fleet of 15 liquefied natural gas (LNG) carriers.

{mprestriction ids="1,2"}“Our very thorough tender process concluded that NSSLGlobal has the best combination of network performance, flat-rate pricing and support in the industry. The fact that NSSLGlobal owns and controls its own global VSAT network gave me the confidence it could deliver against our performance requirements and SLAs,” said Pete Adsett, IT supervisor for MOL LNG.

“Working with NSSLGlobal has been a very satisfying experience, both in terms of the level of service and support provided and the performance of the technology we now have in place. The engineers are working incredibly hard to get the job done in challenging circumstances, often going above and beyond the call of duty.”

Eleven ships have been completed and a further three are currently being worked on, the company said, with some installations having been conducted while the ships were in active service.

This required NSSLGlobal engineers to fly to various international locations, get on board and travel with the ship, doing the install in-situ, before getting off at the next port.

The installation involved ripping out the old equipment, replacing with new racks and completing the task of configuring the antennas when the ships were moving.

In related news, NSSLGlobal also reports that it is adding a new Unite module to its Cruise Control communications management system, which can be applied to any crew LAN to create a portal for the crew to use bandwidth ‘vouchers’ (or unique login) to access the internet.

The managed service controls the system centrally, with bandwidth vouchers created and distributed to vessels to control bandwidth usage without burdening the ship’s captain or IT manager unnecessarily.

Bandwidth vouchers can be configured to permit usage by MB or GB limit over a day, week or month (or a combination), or by time limit every 24 hours (e.g. two hours per day), with users able to see their current usage and remaining balance. For ‘luxury’ applications (where vouchers may not be appropriate) NSSLGlobal says that the software can be configured to use fixed accounts with user names and passwords.

Cruise Control Unite can be installed remotely for existing users of Cruise Control without the need for additional hardware.

“With MLC-2006, and increasing expectations amongst crews for constant access to their digital lives, managing crew’s personal data consumption is becoming essential,” said Sally-Anne Ray, CEO of NSSLGlobal.

“Most companies want to allow fair-use access to internet services. However, if left unregulated, personal data use (as well as the background activity of personal devices), can leech data in an uncontrolled manner.”

“Cruise Control Unite gives companies a way to ensure that personal crew connectivity does not unduly eat into bandwidth or data allowance reserved for more commercial and operational tasks. It also removes the need for senior staff to spend time managing such issues. Pilot trials have shown that by better managing network access, crews’ experience and satisfaction increased massively and networks ran far more smoothly.”

The Cruise Control Unite service can be applied to Wi-Fi or fixed Ethernet access systems, and is configured to disconnect users from the internet when it detects they have been inactive for a period of time.

Portal login pages can be branded with company logos and bespoke help text. Free access to ‘walled garden’ areas can also be set up to allow essential websites or training content to be accessed by crew without consuming their voucher allowance.{/mprestriction}

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